Rainbow Bear Returns

Recently, the mainstream media described the results of a request to put a health claim on bottled water. The manufacturers wished to claim that drinking water prevents dehydration.

Specifically, they wanted to include the statement “regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration”.

Since the word dehydration means lack of water, Rainbow Bear expected there would be no problem with this assertion. But she was wrong. The media reported:

“A European Food Safety Authority report stated that low levels of water in body tissue was a symptom of dehydration rather than a risk factor that could be controlled by drinking water.”

In other words, the European Food Safety Authority think that lack of water is not caused by a deficiency of water but is a symptom of it. Rainbow Bear thought the “scientists” involved should try the experiment themselves; if they were drinking whiskey to prevent their dehydration, it might explain their response.

Rainbow Bear could not resist telling Dr Grouch of this bizarre situation.


One Response to Rainbow Bear Returns

  1. Andrew says:

    This is what happens when corporations become too powerful… they have a disproportionate influence on government (through full time lobbyists and bribes) which allows them to produce ridiculous legislation such as this. Who benefits? Only those who want a monopoly on medical claims — Big Pharma. Money always comes before people and rationality. As power centralizes in Europe, the large corporations have more and more control over each and every one of us. “Water cannot prevent dehydration” is just a symptom of bureaucratic sycophancy to big business.

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